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In Mast roller furling NOISE

Anyone have a cure for rolling furler MAST noise? When the wind hits ours at certain angles the sound that eminates is more than a pleasant HUM! Our neighbors are politely holding their ears and tongues.
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Anyone have a cure for rolling furler MAST noise? When the wind hits ours at certain angles the sound that eminates is more than a pleasant HUM! Our neighbors are politely holding their ears and tongues.

I have seen where people have used a strip of something, I think it was really stiff sailcloth that was hauled up the mast with a small line like a flag halyard. It was inserted into the cavity and covered the opening. It was used a lot on the old Hood in mast systems.
I can't remember what it was called and couldn't tell you where to find them, but I do know that they exist. Or at least existed.
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The item that Knothead refers to is called a 'flute stopper' since the noise can be like a deranged flute. I have one on by Bristol and need it sometimes when tied at a dock. Needed it once at anchor when we were lying to a strong current. The noise can be horrible if the wind is strong.

I think any sailmaker could make one for you. Mine is sailcloth about 5" wide with grommets top and bottom. There is a large plastic button about 4" in diameter about every three feet or so that is pop-riveted to the cloth. You hoist it up on a convenient halyard (I have an old fashioned masthead burgee halyard that is perfect) with the cloth inside the cavity and the buttons across the slot in the mast on the outside. A bit of a pain since I have to stand on the boom to reach about the where the sail extends out of the mast, but takes about five minutes once you have it down.
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This is all I could find. On page 430 of The International Marine Book of Sailing by Robby Robinson the author calls it a Whistle Stopping Strip.

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